“It’s mighty neighborly!”

It’s exactly how Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre responded to our guest chef invitation in November for our Burger of the Month Program.  It’s hard not to smile when you get the chance to spend time with Sean and he was eager to help give back to his community to an agency that he felt is a real pillar; Sylvan Lake and Area Community Partners Association.

So much positive energy and a little spice helped inspire the “Lake Life” burger.  It included The Ranch Gate Market grass fed beef patty, smoked cheddar, crispy onions, 2 strips of bacon, basil aioli, and a drizzle of hot sauce on a brioche bun with one hot wing and one salt + pepper wing on top!

$2 from every burger sold went directly to Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association (CPA), which creates hope and support for at-risk children, families and individuals through information, referrals, services and programs. Their mission is to provide and connect individuals in need with the basic essentials of life including food, clothing and shelter.

Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of our Burger of the Month program, Sean handed over a cheque today for $1424!

Donations like this one help ensure CPA can continue to provide services and programs to Sylvan Lake and area residents for free; programs like Coats 4 Kids and Families, Free Annual Community Christmas Dinner, Children’s Clothing and Equipment Swap, Income Tax Program for low-income families and seniors, Infant/Toddler Food Bank, Tools 4 School, and Medi-Lend.

When asked about his Guest Chef opportunity, Mayor McIntyre said “I’m so happy I was able to team up with Cilantro and Chive to support Sylvan Lake Community Partners! The programs and services at Community Partners help thousands of people every year, and the burger of the month was a delicious way to lend a hand in that effort. I’m grateful to the team at Cilantro and Chive for reaching out and working with me to show such love to Sylvan Lake. It’s mighty neighborly!”

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 35 months!  THANK-YOU!

December’s Burger of the Month is the holiday inspired “SANNA!!” burger co-created with Guest Chef Guy Lapointe.  It’s a turkey burger, maple bacon, house-made stuffing, maple sweet potato discs, 2 strips of bacon, sage aioli, cranberry sauce on a brioche bun and garnished with a candy cane!  We teamed up with Echo Lacombe Association who is matching every $2 donation in support of Lacombe and District FCSS’s Fill a Fridge Program.

 

For more information contact:

Kim Kay

Owner / Community Relations

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Rieley Kay

Owner

403.782.2882

rieley@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Jason Burns

General Manager

403.782.2882

jason@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Jen Baliant

Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners

Events Coordinator

403.887.9989

info@sylvancpa.ca

 

Sean McIntyre

Town of Sylvan Lake

Mayor

403.887.2141

smcintyre@sylvanlake.ca

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our December guest chef was keen to see proceeds from his Christmas dinner inspired burger support a program that embodies the spirit of the holidays; Lacombe and District FCSS’s Fill a Fridge.

Light up the Night celebrations in Lacombe just wouldn’t be complete without Guy Lapointe “Buddy Elf”, so it was fitting that this community champion helped create the “SANNA!!” burger. Turkey burger, maple bacon, house-made stuffing, maple sweet potato discs, 2 strips of bacon, sage aioli, cranberry sauce on a brioche bun and garnished with a candy cane!

FCSS’s Fill a Fridge program provides the gift of holiday groceries to families in need in Lacombe and area. In 2018 they provided $50,400 in grocery certificates to a total of 221 households, feeding 326 adults and 293 children. The program is unique in that it allows families to purchase their OWN food items and make choices that work for their family.

Our Burger of the Month program sees $2 from every burger sold going directly to our guest chef’s charity of choice. This will still be the case, but given the time sensitive nature of the Fill a Fridge program we’re happy to provide funds up front and are THRILLED our friends at Echo Lacombe Association have stepped up to match our donation.

Drum roll please……together today we delivered $5,000!

President of Echo Lacombe Association Jared Reich says “Echo Energy is proud to team up with Cilantro and Chive to help Lacombe & District FCSS get food on the tables of families in need. Our core goal is to give back to the community in engaging and meaningful ways, so we’re very happy to match Cilantro and Chive’s donation from the “SANNA!!” burger proceeds”.

Guest Chef Lapointe LOVES the giving spirit of the holidays and says “Fill a Fridge is all about helping our friends and neighbours share in the festive season. This fun collaboration between Cilantro and Chive and Echo Lacombe allows everyone to stuff themselves while helping others in need to do the same this Christmas”.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 35 months!

THANK-YOU!

 

For more information contact:
Kim Kay
Owner / Community Relations
403.597.2127
kim@cilantroandchive.ca

Susan MacDonald
Lacombe & District FCSS
Executive Director
403.782.6637
smacdonald@lacombefcss.net

Jan Pocock
Lacombe FCSS
Special Projects and Volunteer Coordinator
403.782.6637
jpocock@lacombefcss.net

Jared Reich
Echo Lacombe Association
President
403-510-4222
jaredreich@gmail.com

Guy Lapointe
Guest Chef
Community and Economic Development
Manager City of Lacombe
403.782.1263
glapointe@lacombe.ca

Ice Cream Sandwich Gives Back to Kids!

Thanks to an AWESOME group of Leadership students and the Father Lacombe Catholic School community we were thrilled today to turn over the proceeds from our confetti cake ice cream sandwich pop-up sale held at the school last month.

These grades 4-6 Leadership students work hard to organize events at the school; everything from fundraisers to social justice projects. There was nothing but smiles when they jumped in to help us scoop and serve 154 ice cream sandwiches to fellow students and staff.

In September we kicked off our new 𝙄𝙘𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙎𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙬𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢 which sees $1 from every one of these treats sold at the restaurant donated to a local school. Until the end of this month Father Lacombe will be on the receiving end of those funds. Our plan was to also give back $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold at the pop-up sale to the school, but with the positive, energetic, warm welcome we received, we decided to kick back the entire $4 per sandwich cost, translating into $𝟔𝟏𝟔! ❤️

School Principal Maria Wagner says the money will be used for their Student Support Fund. The school dips into that fund for various needs; providing snacks in the classroom for kids who haven’t had breakfast before arriving to school, for students who want to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities that may not be able to because of financial reasons, it’s also been utilized to provide gift cards to school families in need.

In December we’ll be on the road again scooping at another school, stay tuned!

This is so special ❤️

The creative juices were flowing (and dripping from one beard in particular) for our October Burger of the Month, “The White Buffalo”!

It was inspired by the indie band and our guest chef Peter Michaels’ love of music! The long time Red Deer radio host was ALL in to help give back to a local cause near and dear to his heart.

Peter helped dream up this tribute burger which included a bison patty, pork belly, smoked white cheddar, Snake Lake Brewing Co. Lake Varsity Hall bbq sauce, Blindman Brewing Triphammer drunken onions, tomato, mixed greens and chipotle aioli with sliced jalapeño garnish on a pretzel bun!

$2 from every burger sold went directly to his charity of choice, Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories, which provides education and support for families living with dementia. Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of our Burger of the Month program, Peter handed over a cheque for $1588!

Peter’s Dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His family has reached out to the Society’s Red Deer office and thanks to their help and information about the disease and local programs, he says they’re feeling much more confident they can handle everything that comes their way.

More than 45,800 people in Alberta have been diagnosed with dementia. The local Alzheimer Society office provides educational programs and support groups to over 1,000 clients in the Central Alberta region.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $57,000 to local charities over the past 33 months! THANK-YOU!

November’s Burger of the Month is “Lake Life”, created in collaboration with local guest Chef Sean McIntyre, the Mayor of Sylvan Lake. It includes The Ranch Gate Market grass fed beef patty, smoked cheddar, crispy onions, 2 strips of bacon, basil aioli, and a drizzle of hot sauce on a brioche bun with one hot wing and one salt + pepper wing on top!

$2 from every burger sold will go directly towards Sean’s charity of choice, Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association.

💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️

THANK-YOU to all our guests who help make this happen!
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Our Burger of the Month for November!

💥𝑩𝑬𝑯𝑶𝑳𝑫💥 our Burger of the Month for November, working with local Guest Chef Sean McIntyre!

“𝑳𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆”

This tasty Burger has The Ranch Gate Market Grass Fed Beef patty, Smoked Cheddar, Crispy Onions, 2 strips of Bacon, Basil Aioli, and a Drizzle of Hot Sauce on a Brioche Bun with one Hot Wing and one Salt + Pepper Wing on top!

$2 from every Burger sold will go to Sean’s local charity of choice, the Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association. Which helps give support basic needs to families, individuals and at risk children

 

Another month, another delicious way to give back to your community!
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Smiles from ear to ear!

Mission accomplished!

A HUGE thank-you to Father Lacombe Catholic School and their Leadership Students who helped us scoop up more than 150 ice cream sandwiches, all to help support students and families in need in the school community.

In September we kicked off our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program. $1 from every one of these treats sold in the restaurant is donated to a local school. We have decided to kick back the entire $4 purchase price for the kid’s pop-up sale back to the school.

(Final numbers aren’t quite in yet, but we should be delivering a cheque soon for $600).

School Principal Maria Wagner says the money will be used for their Student Support Fund. The school dips into that fund for various needs; providing snacks in the classroom for kids who haven’t had breakfast before arriving to school, for students who want to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities that may not be able to because of financial reasons, it’s also been utilized to provide gift cards to school families in need.

We cannot say enough about the Leadership students at the school who chipped in to help with this pop-up sale. These grades 4-6 students organize events at the school; everything from fundraisers to social justice projects. They are gearing up for a “Scare Away Hunger” campaign on Halloween to collect items for the food bank while they are trick-or-treating, and they also have a “Coats for Christ” program in the works where they will be collecting coats for the homeless and needy.

We have some AMAZING kids in our community!

In December we’ll be on the road again scooping at another school, stay tuned!

 

For more information contact:
Kim Kay
Community Relations
Cilantro and Chive
403.597.2127
kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Maria Wagner
Principal
Father Lacombe Catholic School
403.782.2613
maria.wagner@starcatholic.ab.ca

Because of YOU!

Our October Burger of the Month – with Peter Michaels

🔥BEHOLD🔥 our next Burger of the Month for October!

“The White Buffalo” 🐃🍔

MSW Farms bison patty | pork belly bacon | smoked white cheddar | Snake Lake Brewing Co. varsity hall bbq sauce | Blindman Brewing triphammer drunken onions | tomato | mixed greens and chipotle aioli with sliced jalapeño garnish on a pretzel bun!
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Created in collaboration with our local guest Chef Peter Michaels! 🎶🤘

$2 from every burger sold going directly towards Peter’s charity of choice – the Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
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It’s going to be one TASTY month, helping give back to another incredible cause close to our hearts!
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This. Never. Gets. Old.

We’re better together and that most definitely was the case with August’s Burger of the Month the “BREW-BQ BURGER”, taking our collaborations a big step up!

Our local guest chef was Matt Hamill of Red Shed Malting. He helped create this meaty collab burger using Paddy’s Barbecue Brewery smoked pastrami from Calgary, an Alberta beef patty, swiss cheese, house-made ketchup, drunken onions with Blindman Brewing porter and a pickle spear on a pretzel bun!! $2 from every burger sold went directly to his charity of choice, the Red Deer Hospice Society. Thanks to great guest support, we were able to turn over a cheque for $1566!

The hospice is a residential end-of-life care facility in Red Deer dedicated to caring for the terminally ill and improving quality of life in a community based, home like setting. The funds from this Burger of the Month will support their current expansion campaign, which will ultimately allow 100 additional residents and their families’ access to palliative end-of-life care at the hospice each year. Grand opening celebrations are coming up in October and fundraising efforts continue for this $5.2 million-dollar expansion.

Matt was exposed to the Hospice, the work they do and the impact they make on families through his Mom, who is a volunteer. He understands the need for this expansion and the challenges of fundraising for a cause that is tied to a period of life that most of us avoid thinking about. Matt was thrilled for this opportunity and others to give back to the Hospice.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $50,000 to local charities over the past 31 months! THANK-YOU!

September’s Burger of the Month is the “Eat your Feelings”!

Our local guest chef Dr. Jody Carrington provided the inspiration for this poutine burger. It’s an Alberta beef patty, cheese curds, Scholing’s fries, house-made gravy, candy bacon, onion rings, chipotle BBQ sauce, and leaf lettuce on a pretzel bun with a pickle spear! $2 from every burger sold will go directly to her charity of choice, Avery’s Legacy, which supports newly bereaved parents.

 

For more information contact:
Kim Kay
Owner / Community Relations
403.597.2127
kim@cilantroandchive.ca

Rieley Kay
Owner
403.782.2882
rieley@cilantroandchive.ca

Jason Burns
General Manager
403.782.2882
jason@cilantroandchive.ca

Matt Hamill
Red Shed Malting
403.506.3399
matt.hamill@rbc.com

Erin Forbes
Red Deer Hospice Marketing Fund Development Lead
403.309.4344
funddev@reddeerhospice.com

It’s time to “Eat Your Feelings”!

Have you heard the news?

Our Burger of the Month for September is called “EAT YOUR FEELINGS”

Created in collaboration with local Guest Chef Dr. Jody Carrington!

This Poutine inspired Burger has an Alberta Beef Patty, Cheese Curds, Scholing’s Fries, House-made Gravy, Candy Bacon, Onion Rings, Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Leaf Lettuce on a Pretzel Bun with a Pickle Spear!
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$2 from every Burger sold goes directly to Dr. Carrington’s charity of choice – Avery’s Legacy. Which supports newly bereaved parents.

We are so excited to help such another important local charity organization with our Burger of the Month program.

And trust us…. this one needs extra napkins!
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